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Arkus, Diana, Talotta, McCullough, DeLuca, Samet, Coraluppi, Baer, Shea, Rust, Kernick, Henne, Silvestre, Fennell, Celli

Jane Arkus, 93As an advertising executive, Arkus helped to create the iconic “chipped-chopped ham” ads for Islay’s. She joined Lando in 1951 as a copywriter and when the firm merged with Burson-Marsteller, she became its senior creative director. As a marketing consultant, Arkus worked to develop the Downtown Cultural District, WQED and the Urban League …

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Spotlight on Nonprofits, Pt. IV

Catherine Qureshi, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Equity and inclusivity are at the core of our work. Throughout the past 26 years, we’ve completed more than 22 improvement projects that enhance the experience of every park visitor who explores Pittsburgh’s incredible green spaces. However, our work extends far beyond capital projects. Year after year, we offer hundreds …

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Who Blinked?

As we noted last week, several days into the Cuban Missile Crisis, President Kennedy began to receive almost bizarre letters from Nikita Khrushchev – long, disjointed missives that seemed to be almost steam-of-conscious ramblings. One letter offered to remove the missiles if the US would promise publicly not to invade Cuba. But very shortly after …

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Spotlight on Nonprofits, Pt. III

Wendy Pardee, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh This year, we are proud to celebrate our 120th anniversary. What started in 1902 as a home to help a young boy injured in an industrial accident has grown into an amazing place that serves more than 6,000 children across Western Pennsylvania each year. While our services have …

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Spotlight on Nonprofits, Pt. II

Patrice Matamoros, Junior Achievement of Western PA JA BizTown is officially the “tiniest town” in western PA! Junior Achievement of Western PA (JA) has developed a simulated city with over 19 storefronts, City Hall, and a town center. This school year, over 8,800 students from 4th-6th grade will utilize JA BizTown to learn how a …

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Spotlight on Nonprofits

Rachel Petrucelli, UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation Working in the nonprofit sector — specifically at UPMC Children’s Hospital Foundation — has enabled me to draw on my own lived experience to ease the burdens many children and families face here in our community. As the mom of a daughter with complex medical and behavioral health needs, I …

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The Immaculate Reception Collection

To mark the 50 anniversary of the “Immaculate Reception,” Pittsburgh-based artist Dino Guarino has created a series of paintings that capture the entire play.    The famous Franco Harris catch provided the spark that ignited the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty, and Guarino’s series of seven paintings grew from a series of conversations he had with the …

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On a Pedestal, Fall 2022

Sculpture All AroundHats off to two local sculpture efforts. The first, by longtime design innovator Dan Droz is “The Gathering,”(above) the largest sculpture to be installed in a public setting in Pittsburgh in over 20 years. It is sited at the entrance to The Heritage Trail, at 15th Street and Waterfront Place in the Strip …

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Ferlo, Treganowan, Chaplin, Simpson, Poliziani, Fuhrer, Henderson, Lovelace, Grefenstette, Dunlap, Grata

Jim Ferlo, 70A former state senator, city council president and community advocate, Ferlo was an active supporter of causes that included attempting to save the landmark Syria Mosque. He was Pennsylvania’s first openly gay senator after coming out publicly during a 2014 debate about an LGBT hate crimes bill. Ferlo began his career as a …

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An Untapped Resource? Pt. II

We’ve asked the presidents of this region’s colleges and universities to address our critical workforce shortages by penning a response to the following question: “As you know, the western Pennsylvania region faces a more acute workforce shortage than almost any other major region in the country. Working as closely with young adults as you do, …

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An Untapped Resource?

We’ve asked the presidents of this region’s colleges and universities to address our critical workforce shortages by penning a response to the following question: “As you know, the western Pennsylvania region faces a more acute workforce shortage than almost any other major region in the country. Working as closely with young adults as you do, …

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AHN Gala Raises Nearly $2 Milliion

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) hosted its first gala in Pittsburgh since before the start of the pandemic at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The “Believe – Exhibitions of Amazing Feats” gala brought together community leaders with health system leadership to recognize the remarkable generosity of donors and supporters who believe in the charitable mission of AHN, …

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McCarroll, Maneval, Medlar, Barrett, Rieck, Benoit

David McCarroll has been appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, holding the Rachel Mellon Walton Concertmaster Chair beginning with the 2022-2023 season. McCarroll joined the orchestra as concertmaster for its European tour in August and will make his Pittsburgh debut in September. He performs regularly around the world with major orchestras and as a chamber musician, playing at …

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UPMC Hillman Gala Raises $1 Million for Cancer Research

More than 700 people, including business leaders, oncologists and others gathered last week at PPG Paints Arena to support cancer research, raising more than $1 million for the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. Since 2011, PNC has presented the PNC Elsie Hillman Distinguished Scholar Award to honor theexperts making a difference in the fight against cancer. …

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The Real Numbers Behind the Vaccines

Let’s look at two more vaccine-hesitant groups of people: People who live in rural areas Previously in this series: Panic is a Virus Part VIII: Looking at Vaccine-hesitant People I live within walking distance of two of the best hospitals in the world, but many people are not as lucky. Almost three-quarters of the counties …

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No Option But One

In a letter to his brother Theo in 1886, Vincent Van Gogh wrote: “It seems to me that you have been suffering to see your youth pass like a drift of smoke, but if it springs up again and comes to life in what you do, nothing has been lost, and the power to work …

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When Leadershi* Hits the Fan

Leaders have many responsibilities, but if they don’t take the time to help their employees grow professionally and personally, then they have failed.  The time it takes to develop employees can be daunting for any leader, as they are interrupted every seven minutes.  It’s not practical to eliminate opportunities either as you need to be …

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Myers, McCarthy, Gerritt, Felix, Caridi, Bali, Johnson-Roberson

Timothy L. Myers is president and CEO of Baptist Senior Family, which runs Providence Point in Scott Township and Baptist Homes in Mt. Lebanon. He grew up in New York and northern Maine and has spent his career in the long-term senior living and care industry. Myers comes to Pittsburgh from the Washington, D.C. area …

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Just Asking…Janis Burley Wilson

Q: What’s the most interesting thing about your job?A: Every day is different. It’s NEVER the same schedule, same problems, same rewards. That’s what I love about working in a creative, artistic environment. Q: What’s the best advice anybody ever gave you?A: “It’s not how you play the game, it’s whether you win or lose”— Dad, and …

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Lackner, Titus, Kessler

Judy Lackner, 98She was the senior school librarian for 22 years at Sewickley Academy, where her voracious reading habits and steel-trap memory caused her to serve as the “book whisperer.” A lifelong learner, Lackner went back to school when her children were grown to get a master’s in library science from Pitt. After graduating from …

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Ackerman, Johnson, Vidunas, Davis, Herchenroether, Deiseroth

Jeffrey Ackerman, 69A founding partner of CBRE, Ackerman was an icon in the region’s commercial real estate industry for decades and served as CBRE’s managing director in Pittsburgh from 2013 until January. He was working at Arnheim & Neely in the 1990s when CB Commercial came looking for an existing brokerage with which to partner. …

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Teeing off for Brother’s Brother

The Brother’s Brother Foundation hosted its Annual Golf Classic last week at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh. The event, which raises money for local education and healthcare initiatives, featured some 90 golfers and numerous sponsors, including main sponsors Highmark and UPMC as well as Caroline and Tom Wentling, Gayle and Bill Simpson, BNY Mellon, …

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